The '''American Dialect Society''' ('''ADS'''), founded in 1889, is a learned society
"dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other language
s, or dialect
s of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it."
The Society publishes the academic journal, ''American Speech
Since its foundation, dialectologists in English-speaking North America have affiliated themselves with the American Dialect Society, an association which in its first constitution defined its objective as "the investigation of the spoken English of the United States and Canada" (Constitution, 1890). Over the years, its objective has remained essentially the same, only expanded to encompass "the English language in North America, together with other languages or dialects of other languages influencing it or influenced by it" (Fundamentals, 1991).